Homelessness

COTS embraces innovation and the efficient use of resources across all of our programs and services, which is why we were so delighted by a recent donation from Vermont Timber Works. In February, the Vermont-based business donated $1,000 worth of solar credits to COTS to help offset our future energy costs. This unique donation is the result of their successful generation of solar power utilizing their newly installed solar array…

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On a blustery January day in 2010, COTS’ Canal Street Veterans Housing officially opened. In the five years since, this two-year transitional housing program for formerly homeless veterans and their families is among COTS’ most successful programs. The U.S. Veterans Administration recently conducted its annual review of Canal Street, where our program exceeded all performance measures for the previous year. Among the 2015 outcomes worth celebrating: 87% of residents who…

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Are you ready to “Book it to the Walk“? Register today! And, invite your friends and family to join you: www.classy.org/cotswalk2016. The COTS Walk is our largest event each year to raise funding to support services and increase understanding about homelessness. Our fundraising goal this year: $200,000! Through the support of our sponsors, all the money raised by walkers goes directly to services. This year’s COTS Walk theme centers around…

Categories: Advocacy, Children, Donations, Events, Fundraisers, Homeless Prevention, Homelessness
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By Becky Holt From The Burlington Free Press, Dec. 20, 2015 Sometimes a question sticks with you long after it’s been asked. The seemingly most innocent ones often have the deepest meanings and stay with us the longest. Virginia O’Hanlon’s question — “Please tell me the truth, is there a Santa Claus?” — to a newspaper editor more than a century ago is one we ask ourselves today. Do we…

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COTS Fall/Winter Calendar of Events 2015 OCTOBER COTS Annual Meeting & Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast Friday, October 23, 8-9:30 a.m., First Congregational Church, Burlington Please join us! The Committee on Temporary Shelter cordially invites you to our Annual Meeting and Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast. We will honor volunteers, community partners, local businesses and other organizations, 8-10 a.m. at First Congregational Church, 38 S. Winooski Ave., Burlington (Marketplace parking garage located nearby). RSVP@cotsonline.org;…

Categories: Donations, Events, Fundraisers, Homelessness, Uncategorized, Volunteers

COTS recently completed a weatherization project at the Main Street Family Shelter. The project’s goals: to make the shelter more comfortable and livable for its guests, and to lower COTS’ annual energy expenses. The partnership and generous support of Champlain Valley Office of Economic Opportunity’s (CVOEO) Champlain Valley Weatherization, Commons Energy, and Consumer Construction made this project possible. We are very grateful! The project began with a thorough energy audit,…

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Through the month of August, the Committee on Temporary Shelter (COTS) is proud to host the #172vt Back-to-School Drive through partnerships with KeyBank, Kinney Drugs, Staples, WCAX, and Star 92.9. The goal: Collect supplies to stuff 172 backpacks for children in need in our community. COTS, the Boys and Girls Club of Burlington, the Sara Holbrook Center, and the King Street Center will distribute the backpacks. In March of this year, COTS launched…

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COTS is proud to partner with KeyBank, Kinney Drugs, Staples, WCAX, and Star 92.9  on the #172vt Back to School Drive! In response to the 172 homeless children in Chittenden County, we launched the #172vt campaign as a call to action. This community driven #172vt Back to School Drive directly addresses the needs of these children. You can help a child in need, beginning with just a pencil. KeyBank is donating 172 backpacks, and we need your help…

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The COTS Walk is almost here! There is still time to register — and walk-ins are absolutely welcome. (Walk donations appreciated, too.) Check in for the Walk begins at 1 p.m. Sunday at Battery Park in Burlington. The 3-mile Walk kicks off at 2 p.m., winding around downtown Burlington before returning to Battery Park for Ben & Jerry’s ice cream. New this year, we have a special awareness project with Gardener’s…

Categories: Children, Donations, Education, Events, Fundraisers, Homelessness, Social Media, Uncategorized, Volunteers
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With more than 1,500 Vermonters without housing on any given night and families with children now making up half of all people in emergency shelters, Gov. Peter Shumlin and Human Services Secretary Hal Cohen made an announcement at COTS regarding a statewide strategy for ending child and family homelessness in Vermont by 2020. The governor and secretary made the announcement while celebrating a grant of more than a half-million dollars…

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